Steven Kohn is the Vice Chairman and President of Cushman & Wakefield Equity, Debt & Structured Finance. Kohn is a Trustee and Governor of ULI and former Chair of the Urban Development and Mixed-Use Council (Red Flight). Kohn is also a member of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE), for which he serves on the Board of Directors, and previously served on its Executive Committee. He is a member of the Wharton Real Estate Center Advisory Board and the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA).
Kohn spent over a decade in development at the start of his career before moving into the capital markets arena where today he is recognized as a leading industry expert. In 1996, Kohn joined Sonnenblick Goldman as a Principal and Managing Director, and became the company’s president in 2000. Cushman & Wakefield acquired Sonnenblick Goldman in 2007. Since that time, he has overseen many billions of dollars of equity and debt financings for owners and developers of commercial real estate across the United States.
Mr. Kohn is president of the Board of Directors of The Catalog for Giving (http://cfgnyc.org), a charitable organization that funds youth programs throughout New York City. Mr. Kohn also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Bucknell University.
Brian Collins joined Fisher Brothers as head of acquisitions and development. A 30-year real estate professional, Brian has extensive development experience of all types of real estate. Prior to joining Fisher Brothers, Brian was hired by Fortress Investment Group as President of Intrawest, one of the largest resort owner/operators and real estate development companies in North America. As President, Brian oversaw all real estate activities including development, residential sales & marketing, hotel management, and timeshare sales and management. Prior to joining Intrawest Brian was founder of Colgate Development, a development company which specialized in the development of luxury hotels and condominiums. Under Brian’s leadership, Colgate developed the Andaz (Hyatt) Hotel on Fifth Avenue in New York, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Charlotte, NC, the Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia and was a partner in the W Hotel & Residences, Hollywood.
Brian was previously a principal and COO of Millennium Partners, one of the premier developers of mixed-use projects. Overseeing all of the non-residential components of Millennium’s projects, Brian was responsible for the development of The Ritz-Carlton hotels in New York, Boston and Washington and the Four Seasons hotels in San Francisco and Miami as well as five Sport Club/LA facilities, office space, movies theatres and parking garages. Brian is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and was on the board of directors of The Sports Club Company from 1997 to 2003. He is also active in numerous New York real estate groups and councils.
Marty Burger is Chief Executive Officer of Silverstein Properties, Inc. He leads the company’s day-to-day activities, and focuses on its acquisition, development and financing efforts in the United States and abroad. Prior to joining Silverstein, Mr. Burger was President and Chief Executive Officer of Artisan Real Estate Ventures, a company he founded in 2006. Prior to Artisan, Mr. Burger spent 15 years at Related, including serving as President of Related Las Vegas and Executive Vice President of The Related Companies, L.P. From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Burger was a Vice President at The Blackstone Group working on acquisitions for its first three real estate opportunity funds. From 1993 to 1994, he worked for Goldman Sachs’ Whitehall Real Estate funds, also on the acquisition side. Prior to that, Mr. Burger spent five years at The Related Companies where he was a Vice President of Development and Acquisitions.
Mr. Burger received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Trustee and a Governor of the Urban Land Institute, a member of the Executive Committee of the Americas, the former Chairman of his Urban Development Mixed-Use Council nationally, and is the current Chairman of the New York District Council. Mr. Burger is on the Executive Committee of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and is an active member of the Real Estate Roundtable in Washington, DC. Mr. Burger is also on the Directors’ Advisory Council and the New York City Mortgage Committee of the M&T Bank.
Mr. Burger is involved with Habitat for Humanity in Westchester with his sons, helping to create quality housing for those in need. He is a board member of The Catalog for Giving, a charitable organization providing funds to multiple programs benefiting underprivileged inner city children. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Battery Conservancy. In addition, Mr. Burger helps oversee the activities of the Downtown Division of the UJA Federation.
Bethany Logan Ropa is a Managing Director in the Real Estate, Lodging & Leisure Group at UBS, focusing on strategic advisory and financing assignments for real estate companies. During her career at UBS, Ms. Ropa has completed over $75 billion in M&A, equity capital markets, debt capital markets and financing transactions. Ms. Ropa has experience working across multiple sub-sectors in real estate including retail, office, industrial, multi-family, lodging, net lease, selfstorage and healthcare. Notable recent advisory transactions include NorthStar Realty Finance’s $17 billion tri-party merger with NorthStar Asset Management and Colony Capital and Select Income REIT’s $3 billion acquisition of Cole Corporate Income Trust. Ms. Ropa received an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she concentrated her studies in corporate finance and real estate, and a BA in French from Walla Walla University.
Veronica is a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young (EY) currently serving as the Americas Real Estate Sector Assurance Resident in National Professional Practice. In this role, Veronica is responsible for providing interpretive accounting, auditing and regulatory guidance relevant to clients and engagement teams within the real estate industry. Prior to that, she was an Assurance Manager serving real estate clients in New York. In that role, Veronica gained extensive experience serving publicly-traded and privately-held companies, including a number of real estate investment trusts and real estate investment funds. Veronica also has experience performing due diligence procedures on acquisitions within the EY Transaction Advisory Services practice.
Veronica earned a Master of Science in Accountancy at the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Finance, with a minor in Spanish, at Lehigh University. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of New York. She is also a Charted Financial Analyst charterholder and is member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute, the New York Society of Security Analysts and the National Association of REITs.
As an associate at SL Green Realty Corp., Krystyn Gatto is part of a team responsible for leasing a portfolio of 15 office properties totaling close to ten million square feet. Krystyn joined the team at SL Green after moving to New York in 2015. Prior to that Krystyn was a Senior Leasing Associate with Colliers International in Calgary, Alberta for seven years. During that time Krystyn co-founded Alberta’s District Council for the Urban Land Institute. She intends to leverage her experience with the organization to elevate the operations, and impact of the Young Leaders Group here in New York. Krystyn graduated from the University of Mount Royal with a Bachelor of Applied Business and Entrepreneurship, and studied abroad in San Antonio, Texas and Melbourne, Australia.
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Helen Hwang is Senior Executive Managing Director at Meridian Investment Sales and is head of the Institutional Investment Sales Group. Ms. Hwang has executed over 80 institutional sales and recapitalization transactions exceeding $25 billion in value. Prior to joining Meridian, Ms. Hwang spent 16 years at Cushman & Wakefield and was head of the New York Investment Sales Group. She was honored with REBNY’s 2012 Most Ingenious Sales Deal of the Year for the sale of 88 Leonard Street. Ms. Hwang received her Bachelor of Science degree from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and holds a Master’s degree in Real Estate Investment and Development from New York University.
Mr. Kwatinetz is currently the Executive Vice President for Asset Management at the NYC Economic Development Corporation, where he manages a 62M square foot portfolio of social impact real estate assets and Port assets including Brooklyn Army Terminal, NY Cruise, the 42nd Street Development Project and NYC Ferry. Before NYCEDC, Mr. Kwatinetz was the Managing Partner of QBL Partners, a real estate advisory firm focused on multiple bottom line outcomes. QBL’s clients include City of Seattle, City of Austin, King County (WA), City of Surrey (BC), City of SeaTac, Penn’s Institute for Urban Research, City of Shoreline (WA) and the US Department of Energy. From 2010, he worked for Kinzer Real Estate Services, where he supported real estate investment decision-making and site selection for such clients as the University of Washington, Alaska Airlines, and Starbucks Corporation. For Starbucks, he led a team to negotiate the creation of a $150mm manufacturing plant in Augusta, GA. Following that project, he was recruited by the Mayor of Augusta to create Augusta Regional Collaboration Project, which worked with the City and State to consolidate a new research university into the downtown. He specializes in developing quantitative urban models to change the underlying economics of multiple bottom line development— he has presented these models for ICSC, Americans for the Arts, NAIOP, Net Impact, and the Centre for Policy Studies on Culture and Communities. Matthew received his MBA in Real Estate at The Wharton School. He is a graduate of Deep Springs College and Harvard University.
Carrie C. Lee is a Vice President of NKF Valuation and Advisory. She specializes in complex real estate valuation and appraisal issues. Ms. Lee has more than 20 years of comprehensive real estate experience through work in consulting, appraisal and valuation advisory, legal, banking operations, and commercial mortgage underwriting.
Ms. Lee is the Co-Chair of the UrbanPlan Committee and an active volunteer with UrbanPlan in New York City schools. Previous non-profit organization leadership roles include: Assistant Chair of the UrbanPlan Committee; Board Director of the NYU Real Estate Institute M.S. Alumni Association; Board Director of the Simmons College Alumnae/i Association Executive Board; and Board Director and Secretary of The Friends of Dickens NY, the local branch of the international Dickens Fellowship.
Ms. Lee earned a M.S. in Real Estate from the Real Estate Institute of New York University (n/k/a Schack Institute of Real Estate), where she was President of the Real Estate Student Association, and a B.A. in English and Communications from Simmons College. She received a Legal Assistant Certificate from Syracuse University in its ABA-approved post-graduate program. In addition to ULI, she is affiliated with the Appraisal Institute and the Columbia Society of Real Estate Appraisers, Inc.
As an Associate Director of Real Estate, Jeff is responsible for underwriting new acquisitions, evaluating and managing development projects, and asset management of the firm’s portfolio. He also works closely with the CFO on the execution of property acquisition financings/ refinancing, management of legal entities, and loan compliance.
Prior to joining The Bromley Companies, Jeff worked at Denham Wolf, a boutique real estate consulting and brokerage company where he focused on development consulting, financial analysis, and strategic planning. Jeff has also worked at the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and for a retail site development company in the Western U.S.
Jeff received a B.A. in Environmental Design (Urban Planning) and Minor in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and holds a Master’s degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.
Jon R. Salony is President of Bayberry Advisors, LLC. Bayberry is a consultant to the banking, real estate and non-profit industries specializing in transaction risk management, underwriting, training, and strategic positioning for financial intermediaries and developers. He is a member of the Asset Management Review Committee of the New Markets Support Corp., an affiliate of the National Equity Fund, Inc. and also advises its Investment Review Committee. Mr. Salony was a frequent guest lecturer at the NYU Wagner School of Public Policy on real estate valuation and transaction structure. He was a founding member on the Board of Directors of New Partners for Community Revitalization, Inc. and chaired its Personnel and Compensation Committees.
Mr. Salony, formerly a Senior Vice President at JPMorgan Chase, was the Senior Risk Officer for its Community Development Banking Unit. He was responsible for asset quality, risk management, and underwriting for a $4 Billion real estate loan portfolio. His responsibilities consisted of the formulation of real estate solutions for developers, and institutional clientele including Community Development Financial Institutions. Mr. Salony was also responsible for underwriting standards and general administration of overall credit policy and structure and management of large-scale syndications of a wide variety of credit facilities. His career commenced with a New York-based money center bank in general corporate credit and advanced to specialize in real estate including construction lending, syndication, corporate finance, real estate sales of foreclosed properties, and strategic restructures of complex real estate loans.
Mr. Salony received his MBA from Fordham University and has a BA in Economics from Franklin and Marshall College. He is a long-standing member of the Urban Land Institute.
Prior to forming Appian Real Estate in January of 2006, Mr. Sambade joined Allegiance Realty Corporation as a Director in early 2004 focusing on acquisitions and finance and made the transition from investment banker to investment principal. In that two-year period, he was involved in two transactions, ( through early 2004, Mr. Sambade was an investment banker for Carlton Advisory Services and APC Realty Advisors. During this period, he was responsible for originating transactions for the two firms as well as raising debt and equity on over $500 million in real estate assets. From 1997 through mid-1998, Mr. Sambade was a manager in the Construction & Real Estate Division of Itochu International, Inc., a Japanese trading company, where he was responsible for the origination of mezzanine debt on a variety of institutional property types. From 1992 through 1997, Mr. Sambade worked as a senior underwriter for Cantor Fitzgerald in their Institutional Property Group, a consultant for Deloitte & Touche, and on an independent basis where he evaluated over $2.0 billion in transactions. It was during that time where he met Christopher Smith, President & CEO of Allegiance, and Greg Smith, currently President & CEO of Maplewood Communities. With these two partners he closed three deals with the two brothers including the acquisition of 65 Willowbrook Avenue in Wayne, NJ. Mr. Sambade received his undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Massachusetts in 1990.
Ellen Sinreich, Esq., LEED AP, is the Founder and Managing Principal of The Sinreich Group, a real estate law firm based in New York City. She has structured, negotiated, documented and closed over $15B of real estate transactions across the country, including thousands of retail, office and industrial leases for both landlords and tenants. Clients include institutional and entrepreneurial real estate owners, governmental agencies, charitable organizations and Fortune 500 companies. After graduating from Columbia Law School and practicing law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City, Ellen founded Sinreich & Associates, a real estate law firm with a national scope. Following a decade at the helm of Sinreich & Associates, Ellen joined DLC Management Corp. as general counsel and was instrumental in DLC’s growth from 25 properties to over 100. Armed with the skills and experience gained at DLC, as Managing Principal of The Sinreich Group, Ellen represents clients on a national basis with their real estate transactional needs. Ellen is on the Environmental Committee of the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Entertainment Development Council of the Urban Land Institute and was honored as a Pioneering Woman in Real Estate in 2014.
Emmanuelle C. Slossberg is the Director of Strategy for CetraRuddy, an award-winning New York architectural, interior design and planning firm of 100 people. A LEED accredited architect by training, Ms. Slossberg brings more than 22 years of experience in all aspects of new business strategy and marketing management in branding, innovation, architecture and real estate development.
At CetraRuddy, Ms. Slossberg brings a depth of experience and innovation to the strategic development process, where she directs all business development efforts, as well as marketing and public relations for the firm. She leads the firm’s Executive Strategic Retreat and works closely with the principals to further generate business opportunities in
residential, hospitality, cultural, education and international markets. She questions foundations while respecting them, and from that process creates opportunities that propel both companies and individuals to maximize their talent with enthusiasm and purpose.
Ms. Slossberg holds a Master in Architecture and a Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA with honors from Wesleyan University. Additionally, she is on the WULI NY Steering Committee as a coleader for the Membership Subcommittee, New York Building Congress higher education & planning committee and has been a Marketing Committee Member of the AIA New York Chapter.
Marina Trejo is a Senior Project Manager at Two Trees Management, having joined the firm the day the company closed on the 11-acre Domino Sugar Factory site. Much of her role is related to the project’s large scale redevelopment including the entitlement process of securing four new building permits for the proposed high-rise mixed-use buildings and interim use programming on the site’s undeveloped waterfront acreage. Since joining the firm, Marina has overseen the build-out of the NYPD Horse Stables, a 35,000 sf precinct located on the ground floor of the Mercedes House, a 33-story mixed use building; established Certificates of Occupancies on existing and new buildings within the company’s DUMBO portfolio – most notably the Clocktower Apartment; producing Brooklyn’s highest residential condominium sale to date, and has managed a number of capital improvement projects within the company’s residential and commercial portfolio, ranging from landscaping to entire building transformations.
Marina has also worked for the Hudson Companies, the Related Companies, The Kessler Collection and John Simpson and Partners in London.
She holds three masters degrees: one from Columbia University in Real Estate Development, an MBA from Rollins College and a B. Arch and Masters in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame.
Belinda leads Gensler’s financial services practice in the Northeast region and brings particular expertise to the design and management of the boutique financial workplace. Belinda moved to New York after graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Curtin University in Perth, Australia. She continued her education at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where she received a Master of Architecture degree. Belinda is a regional leader for Gensler’s Northeast region financial services practice area, with a focus on the private investment sector. Her leadership within the financial services sector is reinforced by a broad experience across many industries and project types ranging from building adaptive re-use to high-end retail, including the relocation of Christie’s to Rockefeller Center and the development of the 57th Street Burberry Store. She applies her knowledge of evolving workplace trends to building repositioning projects and new commercial ventures. She is currently Co-Vice Chair of the ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative.